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Position Report October 2004

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  • greg delezynski
    Position Report October 2004 We arrived at Pillar Point on Tuesday, September 28 at 1430. We took a slip even though the anchorage here is very good. We ate a
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      Position Report October 2004
       
      We arrived at Pillar Point on Tuesday, September 28 at 1430. We took a slip
      even though the anchorage here is very good. We ate a hot meal of garlic
      chicken with past, took hot showers and had just settled down with a glass
      of wine when we heard a knocking on our hull. It was friends from the bay
      area also headed down south. They shall remain nameless to protect their
      identity in the tale I am about to relate. They were at anchor and came to
      visit in their dink. It was dark and foggy by the time they arrived and
      they stopped by to say hi on their way out to dinner. They had heard us on
      the vhs so knew we were in the harbor. It was so dark and foggy they had to
      take a fix on the boat to find their way back. We told them where they
      could leave their dink where it would be safe. They departed our boat and
      attempted to tie up to the harbormaster�s boat (not where we had directed
      them). The coasties were just returning to their boat next to the
      harbormaster�s boat. They, in full regalia, including sidearms, confronted
      our friends. �Where are your lights?� Our friends without hesitation
      pointed in our direction and replied �Guenevere�. It is a good thing that
      it was a dark night and the coasties could not see our 27-foot boat or they
      may have questioned four adults and two dinghies traveling in our small
      boat.
       
      On Wednesday, we saw our friends off, cleaned the boat, did laundry and boat
      projects.
       
      Thursday, we found our way to the bus stop and went into Half Moon Bay to
      the library.
      The library didn�t open until the afternoon, but they have WiFi, so we sat
      on the steps each with a computer and received and send mail, etc. to our
      hearts content. I know many would say we are still hooked into shore life
      with an electronic umbilical cord, and at one point, I felt that I would
      like to have no computers on board at all. But we have been computer people
      for a long time and we like fooling with them, so why not? We have found
      that our friends and family can share our days and are more comfortable
      about our safety and well being when they can receive frequent updates. And
      we are more comfortable when we know everybody is well.
       
      It has been foggy everyday since we have been here. Friday, we decided to
      make weather cloths for the cockpit. We cut them out on the dock and I
      began sewing them up down below.
       
      Saturday, we picked up our car and took care of some errands. We came over
      the hill and saw the sun for the first time in days. We had dinner with
      friends. We are big fans of the TV show Survivor and they saved the first
      three episodes for us to view. It was a great time! Monty (KG6COX) is our
      amateur radio contact. He has worked tirelessly to keep and improve
      communication between us. He is our emergency contact and working to devise
      an ingenious radio that could be used in an emergency if we had lost power.
       
      Sunday, we went grocery shopping, to the library to send email, and spent
      time working on the weather cloths.
       
      Monday, we made a quick trip to Monty�s and then had a chance to visit with
      Lorenzo and Cecile and their new addition, Kenzo. He is not yet 1 month old
      and has already been introduced to their boat. Some people will do anything
      to get crew. He is the most beautiful baby boy in the world! He won�t
      remember us because he slept all through our visit. He was so contend he
      actually purred while he was sleeping.
       
      At this point, I will quit putting the reader to sleep with this minutia.
      My only defense is that many people have asked us what we do all day. I can
      tell you that every day is full of activities and we have never been bored
      or lacked for things to do.
       
      We have decided to move on so we moved out to the anchorage for the night.
      We departed at 0700 in the fog. The weather was predicted to be 10-15
      knots, with 2-4 ft waves. Not what we got!! We clocked 35+ knot winds and
      were sliding down the 12 to 15 foot waves at 7+ knots. For anyone who is
      keeping exact track, the GPS said that the actual maximum speed (over the
      ground) was 9.9 Knots!! We came into the Santa Cruz Harbor at 1640.
       
      Saturday we went hiking with friends and drove to Point Lobos and hiked
      more. It is good to be able check out the coast where we will be sailing in
      a few days.
       
      We enjoyed the sun here in Santa Cruz. A friend came to the boat today
      while I was working on my tan and Greg had walked to the coffee shop to send
      email. I asked him how he found our boat and he told me that he could see
      us on the web cam.
       
      We have had a nice few days here and are planning to head for Monterey on
      Tuesday October 12.
       
      We were not 10 minutes out of the Santa Cruz Harbor, when we saw four
      whales!! I was at the helm and Greg grabbed the camera. It is tricky
      trying to catch a good shot with a digital camera. One finally came up to
      the side of the boat to check us out. I don�t have words for how it feels
      to be so close to the creatures in their home. We didn�t expect to have
      this experience so close to home waters.
       
      While using the electric autopilot, it heaved a sigh, pulled itself closed,
      and gave up. This is our first equipment failure. We got this autopilot
      with the boat when we purchased her some 17 years ago. We could never find
      parts for it or anyone who knew how to work on it anymore, so we were not
      surprised that it quit and had never trusted it anyway. Several hours
      later, after it had taken its nap, it decided to go back to work. Greg was
      sitting near it when suddenly it pushed out the rod and prepared to go back
      to work. Greg jumped out of its way. It was pretty funny.
       
      At about 1400, we tied up and cleaned and stowed the boat and then went to
      the farmers market, held each Tuesday here in Monterey. We stayed here for
      nine days. We have had a wonderful time. Lots of sun, good food, and
      beautiful walks. We made a trip to the Aquarium, as neither of us has been
      in many years.
       
      We met many cruisers here all with different destinations, some were locals
      heading for Mexico, some were from Canada, some heading North and some
      heading South. What a great bunch of people. I�m sure we will run in to
      some of them again.
       
      On October 22, we departed at 0830 for Morro Bay. This will be an over
      night trip. We expected it to take about 27 hours. We stayed off shore for
      this leg and had good weather. We have to tell you the amount and diversity
      of sea life was phenomenal!! A number of times we were surrounded by
      dolphins and whales (big and small). We had again the experience of having
      dolphins swimming round us. This time, they played with us. They swam very
      fast under the boat and into the bow wake. For more than an hour, they and
      we had this fun. We watched as dolphins came from the left and right of us
      to swim and jump in the wake. If I could have gotten part way up the mast I
      could have taken a picture of 6 dolphins playing on our bow wake, 3 on each
      side!! Staying a little further away from us we also saw whales.
       
      As night settled in on us, we had a nice moonlit evening. Towards morning,
      the moon went away. We heard whales sounding but could not see them. Then
      we had more dolphins appear to swim in our wake. It was very beautiful! A
      pod of at least 20 came along side. The sea had phosphorescent in it and you
      could see them flying past the boat a few feet underwater. They looked like
      a comet!!! A large glowing dolphin followed by a 20 to 50 foot trail of
      luminances. What a sight. It can only be described as magical!! We don�t
      have better words to describe it.
       
      Morro Bay is a very nice, quiet and sheltered area. We stayed on a mooring
      and saw several of the same boats that we saw in Monterey.
       
      I remembered Morro Rock from many years ago. There used to be a very rich
      abalone bed here, but now they tell me that it is contaminated. The �Rock�
      is now a Peregrine Falcon reserve. The falcons are unable to hatch their
      own eggs anymore, and Cornell University provides nestlings for the adult
      falcons to raise. I watched with my binoculars every day but never was able
      to see a falcon. I talked to a local artist that we met in one of the
      restaurants and she said in the last four years she had only seen one.
       
      We learned that nearby there is an abalone farm. Farmed abalone are the only
      abalone that are approved to eat according to the Seafood Watch list that we
      had picked up at the Monterey Bay aquarium. It takes 4-5 years to produce
      abalone that is about 4 inches in size. Who knew?? So, we had some for
      dinner!
       
      We departed for Santa Barbara on Friday. This is the trip I have been the
      most apprehensive about. As some of you may know, Point Conception is
      considered as difficult a passage as rounding Cape Horn. Many boats have
      foundered here and many boats spend weeks waiting for a weather window to
      safely make this passage.
       
      We sailed past Conception with no trouble at all, and were looking forward
      to arrival in Santa Barbara about 0900 Saturday. The wind died with about
      40 miles left to go. We decided to start the motor and continue on until
      the wind came up again. Well, we had motor, but no forward!! There we
      were, no wind, no way to motor, half way between the shipping lane and the
      shore. The seas were so lumpy, one of the crew got seasick. We waited
      throughout the night for wind to come up. Around 0300, we had some wind for
      about an hour, then, it died again. We waited all day for wind. We took
      turns napping. Neither of us was very hungry. Saturday night fell and we
      still had not made much headway. Rather than being a hazard to navigation,
      floating at night just 10 miles from the harbor, and close to shipping lanes
      and offshore oil platforms, we finally made the decision to call for a tow.
      We arrived in Santa Barbara on Sunday morning. Monday we hauled out to
      discover what had happened to the engine.
       
      As it turns out, the propeller shaft had sheared off the key and two
      setscrews and come free from the transmission. This allowed the motor to run
      like normal, but not move the prop. In the yard, two schools of thought
      prevailed. One was that the prop shaft had corroded and allowed all to free
      up. The second was that the shop that installed the transmission flange had
      cut it too large, and then shimmed it back down to fit, thus weakening it.
      We are now awaiting new parts to be sent in.
       
      We have a new saying aboard. It is �Recognize the Gift�. It comes from the
      wonder of life. It hits us every day. We see/hear/do things that are a true
      gift! Not some transient trinket that might make us happy for a few hours,
      but the truly remarkable things that is around us!
       
      So, for everyone who takes the time to read this, take a deep breath, and
      recognize the gifts around YOU!
       
      --
      Greg & Jill Delezynski
      S/V Guenevere
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